Ace of Blood

Alice has found a new kind of wonderland. Jamie Cunning is just an ordinary girl. Sort of. Bearing the scars of a thousand painful memories, old an new, she found a strange set of friends in the abandoned and untended headstones of a nearby cemetery. But this girl who prefers the company of the dead to that of the living finds a shocking new life thrust upon her when she is shoved into a world of danger and death. The worst of all: it lurks just around the corner. The paperboy. The school bully. The neighbor. They may all be a part of it. Watch out, because Ace is always watching, and you never know how the cards will fall.


25. Careful Games and Twisted Grins

 The Rabbit smiled to itself, a full grin that showed teeth. Had anyone been nearby, the Rabbit was sure they would have been curious – and at least a little afraid – to learn the reason for it, but such things were his to know and theirs to wonder at.
 But, even had someone the luck and courage to ask what he gloated over, the Rabbit would have no obligation to tell them. In fact, depending upon their identity and his mood, he would probably end them. He couldn’t have anyone – anyone! – interfering in his games now. They were just starting to get good, after all.
 Negotiations were concluded, safety measures taken, plans laid. Now all he had to do was wait. The Rabbit truly hated waiting. It left so much time for regret, for guilt, for wishes and other useless things.
 But this time the White Rabbit had taken measures. This time he was sure that his family would be safe, that no one would be hurt except for the intended target.
 He’d received the orders that morning. He’d finished preparations by noon. She would be pleased, the Rabbit knew. He was always quite efficient.
 There was no time to waste.
 The Rabbit hurried off, late for the appointment he’d set as an alibi, just in case anyone doubted him.
 Because the White Rabbit was always very careful not to slip up. The first mistake he made would be his last. He was playing for stakes higher than anyone could know, after all.

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